Meningitis scares Penn students into clinics

    By: Tom MacDonald

    Three University of Pennsylvania students remain hospitalized with meningitis and two others are hospitalized with flu-like symptoms. Campus officials have urged anyone who attended a fraternity or sorority event since February Second to seek medical treatment. That has thousands of students lining up at Penn’s clinics, nervous that they might have been exposed to the potentially fatal disease. WHYY’s Tom MacDonald has more.

    By: Tom MacDonald
    tmacdonald@whyy.org

    Three University of Pennsylvania students remain hospitalized with meningitis and two others are hospitalized with flu-like symptoms. Campus officials have urged anyone who attended a fraternity or sorority event since February Second to seek medical treatment. That has thousands of students lining up at Penn’s clinics, nervous that they might have been exposed to the potentially fatal disease. WHYY’s Tom MacDonald has more.

    Caption: Penn sophomore Rose Scheckler didn’t think she was exposed to meningitis, but decided to take antibiotics given out at a Penn student health clinic as a precaution.

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